Finding a NHS therapist

Finding a NHS therapist

To find out about speech therapy for you, your child, a relative or friend, contact your local National Health Service speech and language therapy department, as explained below. NHS therapy is free, but you will need to be registered with a GP.

Go online and if you're looking for help for your child, type ‘Children speech and language therapy + the name of your area’ into your search engine. For yourself, a family member or friend, do a search for ‘Adult/teenage speech and language therapy + the name of your area’. Or we can do this for you - just ring our helpline on 0808 802 0002.

Once you’ve found your local NHS service, you can normally make the referral yourself, by completing a form or by phoning for an appointment. You will need to give your name, address, date of birth and GP details. Or you can ask your GP to make the referral for you.

What if there is no NHS service where I live?

In some areas unfortunately there is no NHS speech and language therapy service available. In this case, have a look at our Specialist services section for courses and other options, such as Teletherapy (therapy via video conferencing (Airedale NHS and the Michael Palin Centre offer this service). Or, read our information about 'Going private' (see below).

Going Private

If you can afford it, find a private qualified speech and language therapist.  

You can do this through the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (tel: 0203 002 3704).  It's important to find a therapist with experience of working with stammering by using the 'Advanced search'. The fee for an initial assessment is likely to be in the region of £85 to £120. On-going therapy sessions are likely to be in the region of £50 to £70 per session.

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